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Ray Lewis declined invitation to attend tonight’s game

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As the Ravens prepare for their first ever regular-season game without linebacker Ray Lewis on the team, one teammate wasn’t quite ready to proceed without Lewis around.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Ravens running back Ray Rice invited Lewis to attend the game and join the team on the sidelines, but that Lewis declined.

Per Paolantonio, Lewis passed because of his post-football focus on his family.

Lewis will still be making an appearance, to the likely chagrin of Broncos fans.  Earlier this week, the NFL announced that 32 former NFL players — one per team — will appear in a video counting down to kickoff.

The video, we’re told, consists of each player counting off one of the 32 seconds before kickoff.  For the Ravens, the player is Ray Lewis.  For the Broncos, it’s Shannon Sharpe.

Doing the honors with the “one” to end the countdown is, we’re told, not Shannon Sharpe but Ray Lewis.

And they won’t be booing, they’ll be chanting LEWWWWWWWWis.

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  1. elwaysagenius says: Sep 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    He had some “business” that needs attending to

  2. stillers213 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    Cue the murder jokes….

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    Cray Lewis

  4. beavertonsteve says: Sep 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    In possibly related news the NFL has announced that the endzones will be painted “Baltimore” and “Ravens”, there will be a Ravens logo on the middle of the field and Baltimore season ticket holders will be allowed to claim seats to the game before Broncos ticket holders.

  5. socalmaverick says: Sep 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    Joe Flacco needs an explanation…..

  6. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Sep 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    They’re not chanting LEWWWWWWWWis, they’re chanting MUUUUUUUURRRDDEEERREEEER

  7. wearethesteelers says: Sep 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    LOL

  8. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 5, 2013 3:18 PM

    Here’s a guy that glad he declined. The game is being shown on a competitor’s network anyway.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 5, 2013 3:19 PM

    Tears were streaming from all the crocodiles across the nation after that bit of news.

  10. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    The “one” should have gone to the home team.

    Funny how the NFL doesn’t understand that, but loves to talk the experience for fans in the stadium.

  11. vaster says: Sep 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    for all you Ray Lewis haters, that erstwhile murderer George Zimmerman has been ticketed for speeding twice.

  12. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    It would be more of a story if the game was in Baltimore and he declined. Perhaps he will attend next week? Super Bowl winners usually raise a flag at their stadium in their first home game of the season which is supposed to be Week 1.

  13. johnnydom says: Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM

    Pleaseppl

    Please make him go away, murder jokes and comments aside.
    I can’t stand this guy and what he “stands” for.
    He knows what he did and will pay one day, now
    for the love of the game and it’s fans, never and I mean never mention his name again. Ever!

  14. bennyb82 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    The NFL should do something like the olympics and put a football at the away team’s stadium and have people run with it all the way to the stadium of the first game. They could raise money for charity and help promote active an active lifestyle.

  15. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    Can Ray Ray even count to one?
    One…One murder count avoided (in Count’s voice from Sesame Street)

  16. boh930 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    I was saying boo-urns

  17. thesteelskirt says: Sep 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    Haters gonna hate while the ravens were able to celebrate so being a steeler fan I saw we’ll done. Murderers row went right thru Denver last year and all they could do is take a knee…. Ouch

  18. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Sep 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    If the Broncos organization doesn’t care for the way the Super Bowl champion Ravens are being promoted in Denver, maybe they should keep a closer eye on Jacoby Jones this season.

  19. bennyb82 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    *an active lifestyle.

  20. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    Even Ray Lewis knows he doesn’t want to be ringside to witness the beginning of the end for the Ravens…

    I’m betting it’ll be sometime in the third quarter before Flacco finally comes to grips with the reality of what exactly happened in the off-season…

  21. ctiggs says: Sep 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    who is counting for the Jags or Panthers.

  22. 1rockyracoon says: Sep 5, 2013 3:28 PM

    When it comes to Saint Ray the word “family” means 6 kids by 4 women.

  23. ingraven says: Sep 5, 2013 3:30 PM

    At 1st I was hoping he would go but I am glad he declined. It is time for us to get past the “Ray Lewis’ Ravens” stage,because he is retired. Somebody else needs to lead the team, most likely Suggs & Flacco. And even though I’ll miss his pre-game speeches,it’s time for us to move on. Bye Bye Ray, see you on ESPN(even though I wont watch it).

  24. ravensdynasty says: Sep 5, 2013 3:30 PM

    Ravens = Undefeated in Superbowls

  25. gooch80 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:34 PM

    He’s also selling his homes in the Baltimore area. True story.

  26. steelbloggin says: Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM

    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team

  27. laserw says: Sep 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    He should be enjoying this game via a tv in the commons area of a prison.

  28. pem34 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    Ray Lewis – Respect the d@mn office not the man…oh wait – declined going to the game..nevermind…

  29. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    Ravens = Undefeated in Superbowls
    -
    Ravens = Browns 1.0

  30. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 3:50 PM

    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team
    -
    Ravens fans will themselves into believing that this fact is false. Maybe it is because of the irony involved with Baltimore having a franchise stolen from them a decade earlier. Ozzie Newsome was a player and front office guy for the Cleveland Browns. Art Modell was the owner of the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens’ draft picks in the first draft under the Ravens name were earned from the record that the Cleveland Browns achieved the year before. If you spraypaint a pumpkin purple, it is still a pumpkin.

  31. jnbnet says: Sep 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    Sep 5, 2013 3:22 PM
    The “one” should have gone to the home team.

    Funny how the NFL doesn’t understand that, but loves to talk the experience for fans in the stadium

    WRONG!
    Not a fan of either team, but the Ravens are the champs…and they got burned out of their home field for the opening game. giving them the last second is no big deal.

  32. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Sep 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    why would ray want to attend this drubbing?

    Ravens 33
    Bronces 2

    #talktomeafterthegamedonks

  33. tonymontana45 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:53 PM

    Wouldn’t that technically be two former Ravens ;)

  34. overratedsteelerhater says: Sep 5, 2013 3:54 PM

    he will be a game 4,inducted into ring of honor.

  35. brownsbacker63 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    I am surprised that this ass clown can pass up this opportunity to be in the spotlight in person! Of course we will be treated to him as a commentator since his “last ride” will never end!

  36. justintuckrule says: Sep 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    They gave that number to Ray because it’s as high as he can count.

  37. jamaltimore says: Sep 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    He will attend week 3 at the Bank against the Texans when the Greatest of All Time get’s inducted into the 2012 world champion’s Ring of Honor.

    Ray’s smart enough to know it’s time to move on, he’s done EVERYTHING he can for the Ravens!

  38. kepdogg23 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    “This night is about Ray Lewis, so Ray Lewis is going to decline” – Ray Lewis

  39. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 3:59 PM

    ravensdynasty says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:30 PM
    Ravens = Undefeated in Superbowls
    -
    So are the Jets, Jaguars, Texans, Browns 2.0, Lions and Saints. I do not see any of them proclaiming a dynasty.

  40. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 4:00 PM

    Oh..I forgot the Bucs I think.

  41. tombradyswig says: Sep 5, 2013 4:04 PM

    cause he knows the ravens are gonna get SMOKED tonight!

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    He wasn’t invited to the game. NFL was afraid that he’d run out at the end of every play and pile on.

  43. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 4:09 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:27 PM
    who is counting for the Jags or Panthers.
    -
    Hmm…Mark Brunell and Jake Delhomme? Brunell took the Jags to the AFC Championship early on in this true expansion team’s birth and Jake Delhomme took the Panthers to the Super Bowl, another true expansion team.

  44. cfeeley52 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:09 PM

    johnnydom says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM
    Pleaseppl

    Please make him go away, murder jokes and comments aside.
    I can’t stand this guy and what he “stands” for.
    He knows what he did and will pay one day, now
    for the love of the game and it’s fans, never and I mean never mention his name again. Ever!
    ———————————————
    He lied to police, that’s ALL he did. The two guys that stood trial for murder were both found guilty by means of self defense. Do a little research before you just spout off hatred…

  45. rdrs68 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Ray is now a journalist-if he wants credibility and long term employment in that field he has to behave in as neutral a manner as possible. It’s called being professional.

  46. browns627 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    Denver by 10 ;-)

  47. skoobyfl says: Sep 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    He’s hitting the club scene tonight in a limo.

  48. cfeeley52 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    steelbloggin says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM
    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team
    ———————————
    Steelers = Inbreeds From Western PA

  49. dutchkindelberger says: Sep 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    “Ravens = Undefeated in Superbowls”

    HAHAHA! Two bad you’ve only been to two.

    Call me when you’ve earned five championships.

    HTTR!

  50. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 4:16 PM

    He lied to police, that’s ALL he did.
    -
    That has to be the funniest thing that I have read all day. You meant that to be a joke, right? Right?

  51. jbaxt says: Sep 5, 2013 4:19 PM

    I will be booing.

  52. snowman36 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:19 PM

    I was saying LEWis *hans moleman voice*

  53. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    Look at all the attention Ray Lewis gets when he does absolutely NOTHING! Maybe if he came to the game, you jealous Steelers’ fans would have something to blow out of your pieholes, but he’s not even coming. Face it, he doesn’t care about you. It’s over. Your fawning all over him is embarassing.

  54. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    The two guys that stood trial for murder were both found guilty by means of self defense. Do a little research before you just spout off hatred…
    -
    Do some research yourself. The two guys that Ray turned on were acquitted.

  55. ravenheath21 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:25 PM

    I love reading the comments more then the article. They are amusing to me. Especially when its about the Ravens. Everyone wants to call Ray Lewis a murderer and the team will be lost without him. He was just one out of 53 players on the roster and he got injured a lot his last few years. I also see comments on how Flacco sucks blah blah. Flacco tied Joe Montana’s playoff record for most TD passes and least INTs in a playoff run and he did it without Jerry Rice. Boldin was and still is a mediocore WR thats why he was cut from the team. Ravens been to the playoffs 5 straight years and the dynasty is just starting.

  56. jwcarlson says: Sep 5, 2013 4:28 PM

    When they said, “We need you to say one, Ray” he stabbed the cameraman and producer and burned his suit in the restroom.

    Self defense.

  57. listenup823 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    This chump should be inducted into the state correctional system…

  58. barbeaux says: Sep 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    I will never, ever forget how he said God told him to put his hands on that kick returner during the Super Bowl…and then that guy runs it back for a TD. How egomaniacal. He’s crazy.

  59. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 5, 2013 4:34 PM

    cfeeley52 | Sep 5, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT
    johnnydom says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM
    Pleaseppl

    Please make him go away, murder jokes and comments aside.
    I can’t stand this guy and what he “stands” for.
    He knows what he did and will pay one day, now
    for the love of the game and it’s fans, never and I mean never mention his name again. Ever!
    ———————————————
    He lied to police, that’s ALL he did. The two guys that stood trial for murder were both found guilty by means of self defense. Do a little research before you just spout off hatred…

    Ah cfeely there is a little matter of a white suit that is still missing. I know in Baltimore lying is acceptable, but the rest of the country expects more from their heroes . Just fade away Ray just fade away like your white suit.

  60. annapterp says: Sep 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    I find all the hatred for Ray Lewis hilarious. Its what we are as a society though, when you’re on top people want to knock you down. Its all good though. The mindless jokes are the same every year. Anyone with half a brain knows he didn’t kill anyone which makes those that make the statement comedic in their idiocy. So keep em coming and the rest of us will keep laughing…at you not with you.

  61. thetooloftools says: Sep 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    Countdown to what? NFL isn’t over hyping is it?

  62. johnwilbanks says: Sep 5, 2013 4:42 PM

    I think everyone just needs to “Limit yourself with the number of women you see. And strap up!”

    Ray Lewis = MORON!

  63. ravenunitas says: Sep 5, 2013 4:44 PM

    steelbloggin says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM
    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team
    ====================================

    Jealous much steelbloggin
    Steelers = Sorry Ass Football team
    Enjoy last place loser

  64. FinFan68 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    ivanpavlov0000 says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:22 PM
    The “one” should have gone to the home team.

    Funny how the NFL doesn’t understand that, but loves to talk the experience for fans in the stadium.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I disagree. The reason this is the first game is because the Ravens are the defending champions. The Broncos happen to be their first opponent and it isn’t a Ravens home game simply because of a schedule conflict with the Orioles.

  65. jjthesportsguy says: Sep 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    For all you guys who had Ray Lewis because he wasn’t proven guilty for a murder, you’ll be able to turn your attention to Hernandez in a year or two. No way he gets convinced without murder weapon.

  66. granadafan says: Sep 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    “cfeeley52 says:
    Sep 5, 2013 4:09 PM
    johnnydom says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM
    Pleaseppl
    ———————————————
    He lied to police, that’s ALL he did. The two guys that stood trial for murder were both found guilty by means of self defense. Do a little research before you just spout off hatred…”
    ==========================================

    Yeah, and all OJ did wsa run from the police, all Zimmerman did was “defend himself” after starting a fight, and all Casey Anthony did was go to a party while her daughter was murdered. No one believes them except for some very stupid/ highly gullible jurors.

  67. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 5, 2013 5:07 PM

    ravenunitas says:
    Sep 5, 2013 4:44 PM
    steelbloggin says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM
    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team
    ====================================

    Jealous much steelbloggin
    Steelers = Sorry Ass Football team
    Enjoy last place loser
    -
    The fact that you have the words raven and unitas in your name highlights the fact that Ravens fans are so hypocritical. Face it……the Browns were stolen away from Cleveland and taken to Baltimore from where the Colts were stolen and taken to Indianapolis.

  68. ohiofootball says: Sep 5, 2013 5:10 PM

    “Per Paolantonio, Lewis passed because of his post-football focus on his family.”

    Which of his 6 kids in 4 families is he focusing on?

    I’ll bet his was just “doing the work of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

    Pathetic P.O.S. of a man.

  69. orivar says: Sep 5, 2013 6:08 PM

    Only thing I’ve learned is that if you’re famous, do not ever get accused of anything because it doesn’t matter if you did or didn’t do it.

    Public opinion is going to ride it regardless.

  70. gammynomnom says: Sep 5, 2013 6:56 PM

    stillers213 says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:13 PM
    Cue the murder jokes….

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Ray Lewis stabbing people isn’t a joke/

  71. swaggyy says: Sep 5, 2013 6:58 PM

    He’s got some really bad dance moves to practice and knives to sharpen

  72. gammynomnom says: Sep 5, 2013 6:59 PM

    orivar says:
    Sep 5, 2013 6:08 PM
    Only thing I’ve learned is that if you’re famous, do not ever get accused of anything because it doesn’t matter if you did or didn’t do it.

    Public opinion is going to ride it regardless.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    but it equals out in their favor that they are usually found not guilty whether they did it or not also.

    I’m sure they will take that tradeoff.

    If it were Ray Lewis taxi driver he would have been under the jail.

  73. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 5, 2013 7:09 PM

    Where’s Manish story to blame Idzik and Ryan for this? Unacceptable.

  74. mswravens says: Sep 5, 2013 8:07 PM

    I get all the Ravens & Ray Lewis hatred…it’s part of being a fan & it’s all good.

    BUT, any of you who believe that Ray Lewis stabbed someone – or that he was even accused of stabbing anyone – is simply exposing themselves as ignorant sheep. He was accused of murder, not of stabbing anyone…and if you don’t know the difference, go and look it up. Otherwise, you are simply repeating what you heard, not what you know…and that makes you ignorant sheep. Seriously, take 10 minutes, go online & learn the truth…or maybe you should just shut the up!!! It really is sad how easily people are misled by the media, rumors, and their own desire to believe what they want to believe, as opposed to the truth…

  75. aljack88 says: Sep 5, 2013 8:43 PM

    enoughofthatalready says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:50 PM
    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team
    -
    Ravens fans will themselves into believing that this fact is false. Maybe it is because of the irony involved with Baltimore having a franchise stolen from them a decade earlier. Ozzie Newsome was a player and front office guy for the Cleveland Browns. Art Modell was the owner of the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens’ draft picks in the first draft under the Ravens name were earned from the record that the Cleveland Browns achieved the year before. If you spraypaint a pumpkin purple, it is still a pumpkin.

    ——————————————————

    Not a Ravens or Browns fan, but I feel for both cities’ fans for getting screwed by their respective NFL teams. However, the Baltimore fans really got it from the NFL when the promise of the next expansion team that was supposed to go to their city went elsewhere.

  76. aljack88 says: Sep 5, 2013 8:52 PM

    mswravens says:
    Sep 5, 2013 8:07 PM
    I get all the Ravens & Ray Lewis hatred…it’s part of being a fan & it’s all good.

    ..He was accused of murder, not of stabbing anyone…

    ———————————————————-

    ..and he pled guilty to obstructing the criminal investigation; he had lied to the police when first being questioned about the murders.

    Ray may not have had a knife in his hand, but he certainly knows more than he has let on.

  77. granadafan says: Sep 6, 2013 12:02 AM

    “wearethechampsandyourenot says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:51 PM
    why would ray want to attend this drubbing?

    Ravens 33
    Bronces 2

    #talktomeafterthegamedonks”
    =========================================

    How does that loss taste now? Yeah, we’re talking to you after the game, donk.
    #stopthehashtagcrap

  78. steelbloggin says: Sep 6, 2013 12:11 AM

    ravenunitas says: Sep 5, 2013 4:44 PM

    steelbloggin says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM
    Ravens = Stolen Cleveland Football Team
    ===================================

    Jealous much steelbloggin
    Steelers = Sorry Ass Football team
    Enjoy last place loser

    ===================================

    Yeah, very jealous,! I remember our first two SB wins, they happened back to back, not ten years removed from one another. Last place? Doubtful. Probably a stretch to even make a playoff run this year for the Steelers. However, it is going to be fun watching the Ravens fall off the perch along the way this year. Hey, if you’re a real Baltimore fan, you can still root for Indy, ya know, hedge your bets!

  79. stainlesssteeler says: Sep 6, 2013 1:33 AM

    He was smart not to go, it was brutal enough to watch it on TV, the absolute trouncing that Baltimore took. Manning is incredible at 37, made the ravens look like school kids in a dirt lot. I hope they are better than that, because that was just plain embarrassing. If that is who the Ravens are, it is going to be a long year.

  80. patriots420 says: Sep 6, 2013 9:19 AM

    “wearethechampsandyourenot says:
    Sep 5, 2013 3:51 PM
    why would ray want to attend this drubbing?

    Ravens 33
    Bronces 2

    #talktomeafterthegamedonks”
    =========================================

    How does it feel after fetus head and his donkeys dropped almost half a hundy on you and 7 TDs to knock you off already

    #week16willbemuchmoreembarassing

  81. bighurt228 says: Sep 6, 2013 6:52 PM

    @ravenhealth
    In order to start a dynasty…….u need to win and NOT get ass whipped.!!

  82. bighurt228 says: Sep 6, 2013 6:57 PM

    @mswravens
    Lets see…….we’re sheep and misled…….accusing this saint of despicable acts. But your team and city erect a statue to this crying, war painted blowhard?.? And you revere this loser like a saint.?? He has kids all over the place, from 6 diff wives?? Who is the one with the WEAK MIND ?? This phony has YOU brainwashed. Everyone outside of you Baltimorons are laughing at how you all BOW at the feet of this murderer. Where’s the white suit?
    Losers

  83. bighurt228 says: Sep 6, 2013 7:00 PM

    I heard Ray Ray(the murderer) called Fluncko to pick him up for the game, but Joe didn’t understand a word he said!

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